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Norman E Dowling

Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering


Fatigue, fracture, and deformation of structural components and materials, including the effects of notches, cracks and plasticity. Combined statistical and deterministic characterization of mechanical loading, and life prediction for complex loading histories. Biomechanics and biomaterials.


1972Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana
1968B.S., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana
1967B.S., Civil engineering (Structures), Clemson University

Courses Taught

Course NumTitle
ESM 5144Deformation & Fracture of Mtls
ESM 5144Deformation & Fracture of Mtls
ESM 5144Deformation & Fracture of Materialsls
ESM 4024Adv Mechanical Behavior Mtls
ESM 4024Adv Mech Behav Matls
ESM 4024Adv Mechanical Behavior Mtls
ESM 4024Adv Mechanical Behavior Matls
ESM 3064Mech Behav Matls Lab
ESM 3054Mechanical Behavior Materials
ESM 3054Mech Behav Matls

Honors and Awards

2004ASTM International, Fatigue Achievement Award, ASTM Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture, November 2004.
2003Editorial Board of The Journal of ASTM International, Section 1: Materials Performance and Characterization, 2003 to present.
2000Editorial Review Board of Practical Failure Analysis, journal pub. by ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2000 to present.
1999American Society for Testing and Materials, Jerry R. Swedlow Lecture and Paper, keynote paper at the 31st National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, June 22-24, 1999, Cleveland, Ohio, by Norman E. Dowling and Surot Thangjitham, on "An Overview and Discussion of Basic Methodology for Fatigue."
1998Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal Fatigue, pub. by Elsevier Science, Oxford, UK, 1998 to present.
1990ASTM Award of Merit and honorary title of Fellow in ASTM, May 1990.
1983Editorial Board of Journal Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, pub. by Blackwell Science in cooperation with ASTM and ESIS, Oxford, UK, 1983 to present.
1982ASTM Committee E24 on Fracture Testing, Award of Appreciation for liaison work with Committee E9 on Fatigue, Dec. 1982.
1972Outstanding Young Teacher in Engineering Mechanics (J. O. Smith Award), April 1972, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Dept., University of Illinois.
1967Highest Honors graduate of Clemson University, May 1967.
    Norman Dowling

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